Keith Law ranked the farm systems around baseball today, ranking Mets’ farm system the 26th best in baseball, as well as the Phillies’ pharm 5th best and Atlanta-area high schools 3rd.
Okay, before you panic, keep this in mind: Ike Davis, Josh Thole, and Jon Niese graduated from the minors this past season, while Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, and Fernando Martinez have all lost their rookie status, making them ineligible for these types of rankings. All those players, only two of whom have played full big league seasons, aren’t included in this ranking.
So perhaps the Mets’ young talent is a bit better than this shows, as I assume counting the Mets’ best pitching prospect would bump them up a notch. Though, as Law pointed out, then you’d need to look at the young-but-no-longer-rookie talent on every team and every ranking would need to change.
Anyway, for another perspective, someone quantified John Sickels’ prospect rankings a few weeks ago — which does include Mejia and Martinez — and found the Mets’ system to be 25 best, while the Braves’ system sat at 4 and Satan’s plague on humanity the Phillies’ were ranked 11th. Either way, Sandy Alderson has some work to do.